Performing prayer in a place where there are images
Fatwa No: 10243

  • Fatwa Date:7-5-2013 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 27, 1434
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Question

Is it permissible to perform prayer in a place where there are images? Thank you.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

With regards to performing prayer in a house where there are images, it is permissible due to the general words of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, as he said: "Wherever you may be at the time of prayer, you may pray, for all of it (i.e. the earth) is a suitable place for prayer." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

However, it is better to perform prayer in a place that is clean, free from images and other objects that might distract the worshipper from concentrating in his prayer and observing Khushoo' (i.e. humble submissiveness).

Allaah Knows best.

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